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A Canadian tourist died when he fell from the 15th floor of a hotel in Bangkok’s Rajdamri area Wednesday morning.
Pol Col Decha Promsuwan, chief investigator of Lumpini police station, said the Canadian apparently committed suicide. He was identified by documents in his hotel room as William Calas James.
Staffs of the well-known hotel, which is located on Soi Mahatlek Luang 1, told police that the tourist fell down at about 9 am. He was staying on the 15th floor.
His body was found in blue t-shirt and grey shorts. His body was sent to the Police Hospital’s Forensic Medicine Institute, pending contact by his relatives.
Jumping from a building seems to be a common means of commuting suicide among male foreigners.
On January 24, Thomas Edward, 70, an American who was a principal of an international school in Bangkok, jumped from the rooftop of an 8-floor condominium on Soi Sukhumwit 71. He had been living in Thailand for 15 years. He left a suicide note, saying he had health problem.
On November 5 2014, a 52-year-old American, Douglas Rex Reinhart, jumped to his death from the 27 floor’s balcony of the View Thalay 6 condominium in Pattaya. He left a suicide note, saying he had run out of money and his passport had also expired. He said he did not want to leave Pattaya.
On March 18, 2014, a 58-year-old American, Nigel Greg, jumped from his room on the 29th floor of Sathorn Garden condominium to the tennis lawn on the sixth floor and was killed.